Last year, I had the fortune of being invited to participate as a co-author of the now #1 international best-selling book, The Pay it Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self; the brain-child of Kezia Luckett. Kezia is the Conscious Creator, Founder, and Trailblazer behind Women of Contribution. When she first approached me about participating in the book, I had no idea the impact it was going to make on my life.
The book is a collection of powerful stories shared by 18 women. Each of us were asked to share a pivotal moment in our lives, how that moment impacted the course of our lives, and how we conquered the challenges of that moment to thrive in our lives. Doing so, we knew we’d be opening old wounds and revisiting painful memories. Some of us had never even shared our stories…with anyone. So, there was moments of hesitation as to whether or not we should reveal something so personal and private. And every one of us decided that we should…for the main reason that sharing our story may help another person in this world have hope that they can overcome whatever their own life situation is and thrive as well.
As part of the process, we had a coaching session with Kezia to really draw out the heart of our message. Though I had healed, forgiven, and moved on, the session with Kezia allowed me to gain deeper insight and a fresh perspective that I then poured into my chapter of the book. Reliving life experiences through memories and knowing how much I have grown and learned intensified my healing and reignited my passion for the work I do with the women I help.
Going through the process of writing down painful moments of my life and being able to release them again was both powerful and cleansing. I believe it helped me to more deeply connect with the women who come into my path who I am meant to help and to serve.
Not only did I grow as a person, but I grew my sisterhood. Bonds were formed as this amazing group of women went from being strangers to being book-sisters and friends. We touched each other lives. We shared, cried, cheered, and supported one another so lovingly.
Our lives are forever changed through participating in this incredible opportunity of co-authoring the book. And our collective reach of changing lives has had a ripple-effect we may never truly know the impact of. But together, our mission was strong…Women of Contribution paying it forward to impact 1 billion lives.
It is such an honor to be connected with these phenomenal women and to be able to say that I am one on the first Ambassadors for the Women of Contribution. I am so grateful for having had this opportunity presented to me and to be part of something so life-changing and magical.
Know this…your story is powerful.
And sharing your story can give someone else hope…maybe even save their life.
Come out of the shadows and shine your light…YOU can impact the world.
P.S. You can get our book, The Pay it Forward Series: Notes to My Younger Self, HERE.